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In December 1945, two Egyptian fellahin, digging for natural fertilizer in the Nile River valley unearthed a sealed storage jar. The jar proved to hold treasure of an unexpected sort: a collection of some fifty-two ancient manuscripts, most of which reflect the teachings of a mystical religious movement we call Gnosticism (from the Greek word gnosis, "knowledge"). The texts are also, with few exceptions, Christian documents, and thus they provide us with valuable new information about the character of the early church, and about the Gnostic Christians within the church.
In this volume, Marvin W. Meyer has produced a new English translation for general readers of four of the most important and revealing of these early Christian texts -- the Secret Book of James, the Gospel of Thomas, the Book of Thong, and the Secret Book of John.
Other than the writings of early Christians, there are no historical accounts of the life of Jesus. The Romans never wrote of him, never even documented his crucifixion. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronald E. Lane
I find this book to be very well done and it can hold your interest as a serious work. My graduate work was in Philosophy and Religion.Published 17 months ago by rick
Am reading it right now and enjoying every bit of it. It's a great addition to the gospels and gives a more intense look at what Jesus could say to his disciples when they were... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nitro
For years only theologians knew much about these books from the Gnostics. Now they are available to everyone, openly and readily. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lynn B. Schornick
The book was formatted so well. I enjoyed the captions it helped me understand the content. Overall I would recommend this to friends.Published 21 months ago by SEB
I am not going to compete with everyone's assessment of this book. I will relate an unusual experience regarding this book. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Feelin so good